Before I go off on this rant, let me disclose the following.
I grew up on boxing.
My dad introduced my brother and I to the sweet science shortly after I learned how to ride a bike. I still remember the day my Dad bought us a Marvelous Marvin Hagler boxing set, complete with a mini punching bag and two pairs of gloves.
I remember watching major fights on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. I also remember watching the likes of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard on on certain weekends on CBS.
Having shared my love of boxing, I must say I am disappointed in the state of the sport. I am more saddened that boxing has taken a turn for the worse after tonight’s Floyd Mayweather, Jr./Manny Pacquiao “fight”.
I mean talk about a pillow fight.
Both fighters were not but so aggressive. I found myself tuning in and out mentally during the fight.
Hell most of the people at the fight party I attend were mad that they even bothered WATCHING the fight. Folks were mad that their time was wasted watching a glorified pillow fight.
We all know that Mayweather is such a great defensive fighter, even to the point of being hard to watch at times. But Manny of all people should have been aggressive. He knew he would have a hard time being Mayweather on points.
Manny is usually a very aggressive fighter, but for some reason he was tentative. That tentativeness not only cost Manny the undisputed welterweight title, it cost the sport of boxing more fans.
Let’s be honest about something here, this “fight” did not do wonders in rejuvenating interest into this fading sport. Instead, it has turned more of those casual fans to MMA.